Leadership Los Alamos Profile: Jonathan Henley

2015-16 Leadership Los Alamos graduate Jonathn Henley. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 25 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, the Los Alamos Daily Post is publishing a series of Q&A profiles on recent LLA graduates who talk about their experience in the program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our area.

In the Leadership Los Alamos program, participants learn as much about themselves as they do about leadership, teamwork and the community. To learn more, visit About Leadership Los Alamos and Applying to the Program.

The Leadership Los Alamos profile series continues with 2016 graduate Jonathan Henley, lead transit operator for Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit:

LLA: How many years have you lived and/or worked in Los Alamos?

Henley: I’ve lived in Los Alamos since I graduated Delancey Street Foundation in August of 2002.

LLA: Why did you enroll in Leadership Los Alamos?

Henley: I enrolled in the Leadership program to become more involved in the place I call home now, and plan to retire in.

LLA: What was your biggest “take-away” from the class?

Henley: My biggest takeaway was meeting so many other people who feel about our community as I do. There will be so many individuals I can consult/partner with when I begin planning my project.

LLA: What are you doing with what your learned?

Henley: What I’m doing with what I learned is putting myself to work as a volunteer with two programs out there, I’ve already become a board member of Self Help and do so much work for Habitat they’ve given me a charge card for Lowes. I’ve also become more empathetic and helpful. I noticed a confused elderly woman in Smith’s parking lot who couldn’t find her car. Ten minutes out of my life, way too easy to be decent. Yesterday a healthy young man in the lobby of Smith’s with eight bags of groceries and no car. A ride to the student apartments, again way too easy. I’m changed forever.

I also want to set up a program designed toward 5th, 6th and 7th graders so they have something positive to do, stay engaged, busy after school. A program specific to their needs and wishes as this is a crucial time in their lives when one bad decision can lead to many years of struggle. Dr. Steinhaus alluded to this during our session on education.